Teen threatened to stab shopper in raid on store in Porthill
A TEENAGER who brandished a knife while stealing booze from a shop has been jailed for more than three years.
Kieron Ollerhead threatened to stab the assistant and another customer who tried to stop him taking lager from the Premier Convenience Store in Heaton Terrace, Porthill.
He then stole more alcohol from another shop and got into a fight before attacking the police officers who arrested him.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday the 19-year-old went into the Porthill shop with his hood up, which the assistant asked him to remove.
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Ollerhead refused and picked up two crates of lager, but another customer blocked his path and took him to the floor. As he got up, Ollerhead pulled out a knife.
Prosecutor David Bennett said: "The defendant said, 'I have got a knife, I will stab you,' while holding the knife.
"He lunged towards them while holding the knife. There was no contact. The defendant ran out with the alcohol."
Ollerhead then made his way to Morris Square, Wolstanton, where he entered Harvey's Discount shop with his hood up. He stole alcohol worth £10 and left.
He then sat on a wall in New Street and drank the booze with others and boasted about the theft. He became involved in an affray with the group and came off worse, the court heard.
He went to his father's home nearby and returned with a knife described as being 30cm in length. Teenage witnesses described being terrified.
Mr Bennett said: "Police attended and the defendant was seen in Minton Street. Officers produced batons and the defendant pulled a silver item from his waistband and dropped it to the floor. Police detained him."
Ollerhead was intoxicated and had a swollen eye. On the way to the police station he tried to bite an officer and spat at one. He also kicked out at an officer and he was pulled out of the car.
The knife was found pushed into the ground in Minton Place, close to where Ollerhead was arrested.
Ollerhead, of Ringland Close, Hanley, who has convictions for 55 offences, pleaded guilty to two charges of possession of an offensive weapon, two charges of theft, affray and two charges of assaulting a police officer.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said Ollerhead was an immature 19-year-old who had a difficult upbringing. His main carer was his 25-year-old brother, Christopher, who was jailed this week for three years and four months for selling class A drugs.
Mr Holt added it was lucky no-one was injured. Judge Paul Glenn sentenced Ollerhead to three years and two months in a young offenders' institution.
He said: "You went into the Premier store to steal. When a male customer intervened you pulled out a kitchen knife and threatened to stab him and he described you lunging towards him.
"The female assistant was sick to the stomach. In the aftermath you boasted about what you had done.
"You stole more beer from another store, then got in an argument. There was then a confrontation and you came off worse. You ran off making threats and within minutes you came back armed with a substantial knife."